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Principal Engineer - Apprenticeship

Course Details

Available: Part- Time

Duration: 4 Years

Award: PdEng

Qualification: NFQ Level 10 Major Award

Faculty: Science and Engineering

Course Type: Professional/Flexible

Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019

Brief Description

CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing has partnered with the University of Limerick (UL) to deliver Ireland’s first qualification at level 10 (PhD) funded through the national apprenticeships programme: The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng).

 

How a professional doctorate differs from a traditional doctorate

The traditional doctorate, the PhD programme focuses on preparing candidates for an academic career and is thus focused on training people to rigorously address scientific problems which can result in a contribution to knowledge that can be published in the peer‐reviewed scientific literature.

Professional doctorates recognise the existence of research activities which can be described as professional practice. The context for this PDEng programme is the practitioner workplace and the focus is on solving real‐world problems faced in the daily work‐place. The scope of these problems can be sufficiently large to be addressed in a significant piece of research planned and conducted over a period of time and which can ultimately result in a PDEng award.

CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing has partnered with the University of Limerick (UL) to deliver Ireland’s first qualification at level 10 (PhD) funded through the national apprenticeships programme: The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng).

The aim of a Professional Doctorate programme is to produce a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. The PDEng acknowledges that significant research takes place within the practitioner’s workplace. Candidates are required to make a contribution to both theory and practice in their field, and to develop professional practice by making a contribution to (professional) knowledge.

Qualifier Module (Must be passed to gain entry)

 

Year 1
Research Support Modules (to be completed between May & August)

 

Year 2
Research Support Modules & Professional Doctorate Progression Report 1

 

Year 3
Research Support Modules & Professional Doctorate Progression Report 2

 

Year 4
Professional Doctorate Progression Report 3 & Research Dissertation Submission
  • Employers must be approved by SOLAS and commit to support the apprentice throughout the programme
  • Candidates would typically hold a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant area and five years’ experience.
  • The successful completion of the qualifier module (Professional Portfolio PT8001) prior to being offered a place on the programme

For professionals who wish to:

  • Evaluate the relevance of current and emerging theories and practices within your area.
  • Formulate effective solutions to complex, real-world problems common to your field.
  • Apply current research to practical problems in the workplace.
  • Design rigorous research that expands the professional body of knowledge in your field.